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Healthy Chocolate Biscotti to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Updated on August 2, 2012
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Biscotti are all-time favorites and whether you're into chocolate or nuts, this recipe will give everyone something to talk about. This recipe is not only delicious but also healthy, because the whole wheat flour, flax seeds, and almonds are actually good for you.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Flax seeds
  • 0.5 Teaspoon Baking soda
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/3 Cup White sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Dark brown sugar
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 2/3 Cup Dark chocolate chips
  • 3/4 Cup Unsalted almonds
  • Dried Cherries, Optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Mix together the flour, salt, soda, and flax seeds by stirring it with a whisk. Beat the white sugar and brown sugar together with the whites from two of the eggs for approximately two minutes. Add the vanilla to this mixture and then stir it well.
  3. Stir together the flour and egg mixtures until it's completely combined, and fold in the chocolate chips and almonds.
  4. Divide the dough into three evenly-sized sections, and roll each section into a roll that is six inches long. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the rolls on it. Make sure that there's at least three inches between each of the rolls. Pat the rolls down with your fingers until they are one inch thick. Bake the rolls for approximately 28 minutes, or until they seem firm.
  5. Remove the rolls from the oven and take them off the baking sheet, before allowing them to cool. Cut the rolls into half-an-inch thick slices, try to cut diagonally. Place these sections on a baking tray with the cut sides down and bake for 7 minutes at 325F.
  6. Take the cookies out of the oven and turn them over before baking the other side for 7 minutes at 325F. Once that's done, take them off the baking sheet and allow the biscotti to cool.

Tips and Tricks

1. You could add almond liqueur or almond extract for added flavor.

2. Chopped dried cherries can be added to the dough when you mix in the almonds and chocolate chips. This will give added flavor and also add visual interest because of the bright red color.

3. For an even healthier version, replace the sugar with agave nectar.

4. If you're looking for interesting flavor variations, try using walnuts and cranberries instead of almonds.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 42 min
Ready in: 1 hour 2 min
Yields: 36 biscottis
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: one biscotti
Calories 94
Calories from Fat0
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
5 stars from 1 rating of Healthy Chocolate Biscotti

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Brilliant. :-) Let me know how it works out for you!

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      chef stella 5 years ago

      Hum ! Such a good idea ! I will try it nest time :)

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Yes that's one of the big plus points. Oil adds a lot of extra calories. If I can make do without it, without sacrificing on taste or texture, I do. Something I do often is to replace butter or oil in recipes with apple sauce. It helps keep everything moist, but it's much lower in calories.

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      chef stella 5 years ago

      The good thing about these biscotties is that they are oil free !

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you so much KoffeeKlatch Gals! Let me know how you get on and if you like the biscotti.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Your recipe sounds amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I wil be trying it. Up and useful.

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      Atell Rohlandt 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you Peggy. I'm glad you found the recipe interesting. There are so many ways to put healthy spins on recipes and if you have a sweet tooth, like I do, then it really helps.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I have made other types of biscotti in the past but never one with chocolate and the whole wheat flour as you did with this one. Sounds delicious with the almonds and dried cherries. Thanks for the recipe! Voted up and useful.